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Nail Fetish.
19th-20th c African (Central) Kongo Sculpture

KONGO PEOPLES Anonymous (aka Bakongo Anonymous) (active 13th c - present) Primary
c. 1850-1950
19th-20th c
Wood; iron
Carving; Hammered
Kongo
Power figure
Republic of the Congo.
London. Museum of Mankind.
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This fetish figure represents a personification of iron's cutting edge, a power that exists in an iron-tipped spear, or a machete blade. Many miniature implements have been attached to the two-headed animal: nails, hooks, lances, hoes, knives, each adding to the power of this animal image which was used in power ceremonies of the Congo peoples of Zaire. Metallurgy was very important in Africa as it was in various countries of the Ancient World. The working of the metal was carefully controlled and surrounded with ceremonial ritual in many African communities.

Caption: KONGO PEOPLES Anonymous | Nail Fetish. | c. 1850-1950 | Central African | Kongo
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